Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Professor Fred Binka, has revealed that the recent outbreak of the pneumoccocal meningitis has reached epidemic levels.
Speaking on Citi FM, the Vice Chancellor wondered why the Ministry of Health reneged in declaring the disease an epidemic considering the loss of lives amounting to the death of over 50 people in the Brong Ahafo, Northern and Ashanti Regions.
Pneumococcal Menigitis is an epidemic and should be treated as such. An epidemic is an increase in the number of cases that we saw last year compared to this year. If you stated that 7 people have died from Streptococcus Meningitis this year, we did not record that same number last year…in epidemiology if there is an increase then we have an epidemic, he revealed.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has been called upon to put in place measures at the various hospitals across the country to control the spread of the dangerous disease.
There are basic measures that they should put in place. They should quickly improve on the diagnostic capabilities of the health facilities. They should send them algorithms that will allow them to diagnose the disease, he expressed.
Meanwhile the general public has been advised not to panic and immediately report symptoms of the disease to the nearest hospital.